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December 1964

Challenges for the Dermatologist

Author Affiliations


President's Address, read before First Scientific Session, American Dermatological Association, Inc., Eighty-Fourth Annual Meeting, Kaanapali Bay, Maui, Hawaii, June 29, 1964.

Arch Dermatol. 1964;90(6):539-543. doi:10.1001/archderm.1964.01600060005001

The medical profession is an ancient one, but one which has always been subject to change. We cannot allow a fear of change to cloud our judgment, for change is itself a part of life, and changes are, therefore, inevitable. We cannot designate change as either desirable or undesirable, as either good or bad, except in reference to its result. The student of medical history will record the lack of progress which occurs when the practitioner of the medical arts is solely guided by that which is past, and he will point to the brighter chapters which follow the changes wrought by scientific advance. The Flexner report is a milestone in the history of academic medicine in this country.1 It did not set in motion the changes which were due to occur, but it did force the recognition of the need for change as it forcefully weeded the educational